On Tuesday, January 20, it was Malabo’s turn: the great stadium held the first match of Group D between the teams of Ivory Coast and Guinea Conakry. The Ivorian Elephants were the favorites, but were unable to overtake the Guineans.
The New Stadium of Malabo hosts the matches of the teams in Group D, composed of Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Mali and Cameroon. The first group match pitted the teams of Ivory Coast against Guinea Conakry.
The game started with Ivorian dominion but the Guineans perfectly controlled the great figures of the rival offense: Kalou, Bony and Gervinho. The latter created the greatest danger and one of his shots hit the crossbar.
However, it was Guinea Conakry who got ahead in the scoreboard in the 35th minute, when the defender Aurier lost the ball inside the area, which Yattara turned into a goal. With this result, the first half ended.
The second half began with the Elephants of Ivory Coast launching into attack, but everything changed at 57 minutes into the match when Gervinho delivered a slap to Keita in front of the referee and was expelled.
From that moment on, the Guineans had all the opportunities, and they had several chances to sentence the game, but were unable to pursue them. The effectiveness of Ivory Coast eventually appeared and a great play by Bony, finished off by Doumbia, was the tie with which the game ended.
In the other Group D match, the teams of Mali and Cameroon tied at one goal. Thus, all the teams finish the first day with one point.
Text: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene
Photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomahagasi
(D. G. Base Internet Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office